The Localization Institute Presents Global Tool Box Monterey 2024

The Localization Institute is excited to offer several interactive seminars and round tables as part of the upcoming Global Toolbox Day at LocWorld52 in Monterey, California on Monday October 28 2024. As a co-organizer of LocWorld Conference, the Localization Institute offers these seminars and round tables as separate, stand-alone events. You do not need to be registered for LocWorld52 Conference in order to sign up for these offerings. If you would like to register for the main conference of LocWorld52, please visit the LocWorld website.

Please Note:  Global Toolbox sessions have size limits that cannot be exceeded – register now to reserve your seat!

Full Day Sessions – Lunch Included

Multilingual AI Round Table: Integrated AI – Deep Learning and Beyond

October 28 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Registration Fee: $750 – full day price (lunch included).

Your registration for this session includes lunch

10% discount for 3 or more students from the same company – please contact for more information.

Event description: Integrated AI – Deep Learning and Beyond

In recent years, the multilingual communication industry has witnessed remarkable achievements in human-level artificial intelligence. By training neural networks on large datasets, deep learning (e.g. genAI) has undeniably become the most impactful approach. To appropriately apply and manage AI at the enterprise level, constructive criticism such as data efficiency, generalization power, and interpretability, must be addressed. Significantly, this criticism aligns with the strengths of symbolic AI, which works by carrying out a series of logic-like reasoning steps to organize knowledge of the semantic meanings in computer systems. An integrated AI approach reconciles deep learning with symbolic AI to simulate human intelligence.

This sixth edition of the roundtable will unite AI pioneers, implementers, as well as experts from academia, to explore the frontier using both deep learning and symbolic AI to solve business problems in a reliable manner.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Integrated AI: Implementations and Future Directions
  • Intelligent Quality Control and Human Intervention
  • Deep Learning and Multilingual Content: Enterprise-level Applications
  • AI beyond LLMs
  • Identifying Ethical AI Tools as Part of Procurement

By joining this round table, you will:

  • Develop your own understanding of integrated AI
  • Understand the applications of AI other than LLMs, such as knowledge graphs, taxonomies and alike
  • Gather insights to apply and manage AI at the enterprise level
  • Implement solutions driven by deep learning in real life business scenarios
  • Discuss industry best practices to manage people and AI technologies
  • Learn about future directions in the AI space
  • Make valuable connections with industry peers

This round table is for:

  • Decision-makers who aim to leverage AI on both strategic and operational levels
  • Buyers who want to implement multilingual AI
  • Project Managers tasked with implementing an MT/AI solution
  • Vendors who want to leverage MT/AI to meet their clients’ needs
  • IT professionals involved in MT/AI implementation
  • Content Managers responsible for global content

Roundtable moderator/organizer:

Peng Wang, The Localization Institute

Advisory board members:

  1. Olga Beregovaya, Smartling
  2. Alon Lavie, Phrase/CMU
  3. Georg Kirchner, Dell


  1. Dr. Rachel Herwartz, TermSolutions GmbH
  2. Tom Bridges, CEO of CaptionHubs
  3. Dr. Pete Smith, Chief Data Analyst, University of Texas at Arlington


Marriott Hotel (Monterey)
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Roundtable morning session

  • Time: 9am-12pm, including one coffee break (30 minutes)
  • Format: in-person discussions, use cases, and interactive business game
  • Modules
    • Module 1: Integrated AI: Implementations and Future Directions
    • Module 2: Intelligent Quality Control and Human Intervention

Lunch break (TBC)

Roundtable afternoon session

  • Time: 1:30 – 5 pm, including one coffee break (30 minutes)
  • Format: in-person discussions, use cases, and interactive business game
  • Modules:
    • Module 3: Deep Learning and Multilingual Content: Enterprise-level Applications
    • Module 4: AI beyond LLMs
    • Module 5: Identifying Ethical AI Tools as Part of Procurement

minimum number of attendees: 12
maximum number: 24

Please note: The Round Table’s success depends on people being willing to share information and experiences freely. To encourage that, we ask the attendees not to record or republish the session. No formal minutes or records are kept, but attendees are free to keep their own notes

Dr. Peng Wang has taught, researched and practiced translation and localization on three continents. She is the convener for EDUinLOC, the chair of the automation/AI track for LocWorld conferences and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she was the CAT Tools Coordinator at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Wang has rich research experience on NLP AI, having worked as a linguistic researcher at the Corpus Research Lab at Northern Arizona University, a domain expert for data mining projects at the University of Maryland and an honorary research fellow on automatic discourse analysis tools at the University of Liverpool. Her current research and practice focus on human learning vs. machine learning, machine translation, terminology and multilingual corpus analysis.

Dr. Wang has published about 30 articles and two books. She is an expert in approaching technology in the context of culture and humanities. She embraces linguistic and cultural diversity in her classrooms, with students aged from 18 to over 70, in over 10 language combinations, coming from UAE, China, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, Colombia, Mexico, and Haiti, to name just a few.

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Localization Institute Global ToolBox – Malmö 2023

Olga Beregovaya – Vice President of AI and Machine Translation – Smartling. Olga Beregovaya has over 20 years of experience in Language Technology, NLP, Machine Learning, Global Content Transformation and AI Data development and is passionate about growing businesses through driving change and innovation. Olga started her career in language technology building lexicons and rules for Rule-based machine translation, gradually expanding her expertise into other broader applications of NLP and Machine Learning to enterprise translation workflows. Olga has also served as President of AMTA, currently serves as a Board member of Women in Localization and as an Advisor for Engineering Leadership at California State University, Chico. Olga received her MA, Linguistics/Germanic Studies at UC- Berkeley and MA/BA in Linguistics from St. Petersburg State University.

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Alon Lavie is the VP of AI Research at Phrase, where he leads the development of the company’s AI strategy and manages its AI research team in Pittsburgh and Prague. Concurrently, Alon is an adjunct Consulting Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at CMU, where he has been a member of the faculty for 26 years. Prior to joining Phrase, he was the VP of Language Technologies at Unbabel. Prior to Unbabel, Alon was a senior manager at Amazon, where he led and managed the Amazon Machine Translation R&D group in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, Alon was the co-founder, President and CTO of “Safaba Translation Solutions”, an enterprise MT solutions technology startup, acquired by Amazon. Alon is a well-known expert in MT and translation evaluation, and spearheaded the development of the METEOR and COMET metrics. Other research interests and activities include MT adaptation approaches with and without human feedback, translation Quality Estimation, and methods for multi-engine MT system combination.

Alon served as the President of the International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT) (2013-2015). Prior to that, he was president of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) (2008-2012), and was General Chair of the AMTA 2010 and 2012 conferences. He is also a member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), where he was president of SIGParse – ACL’s special interest group on parsing (2008-2013). In August 2021, at the 18th biennial Machine Translation Summit conference, Alon was honored to be awarded with the 2021 Makoto Nagao IAMT Award of Honour for his contributions to the field of Machine Translation.

Connect with Alon on LinkedIn.

Georg Kirchner – Machine Translation Program Manager – Dell. Georg Kirchner oversees the Machine Translation program at Dell Technologies. In this capacity, he assists both end users and translators from within the Global Translation Team, a shared services organization. Before shifting his focus to Machine Translation and related machine learning technologies, Georg was responsible for Translation Management Systems. Georg started his localization career in production, spending 17 years in various roles, including staff translator, project & program manager, and PMO lead.

Rachel Herwartz – Owner and Founder – TermSolutions GmbH. Rachel Herwartz is professor of translation and terminology management at the International University SDI Munich and head of the master’s program in Translation Management. Her research focuses on terminology, artificial intelligence, machine translation and large language models.

As owner and founder of TermSolutions GmbH, she is an expert in termbase modeling and the implementation and optimization of corporate terminology processes. She has been coaching and designing terminology management systems for 20 years and, as product owner, is responsible for the development of termXplorer, myTerm and termXact.

As a member of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), she is currently working on the new standard for multilingual terminology work.

Pete Smith – Chief Analytics and Data Officer – University of Texas at Arlington. Pete Smith is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he also holds the AP Endowed Chair in Online Learning and Innovation.

He oversees UTA’s Localization and Translation undergraduate program (major, minor, and certificate levels), offered to students of seven languages as an introduction to language- and culture-centric careers today and for the future.

Pete is the co-author of The Community of Inquiry Framework in Contemporary Education: Emerging Research and Opportunities (Information Science Reference, 2018) and the forthcoming Multilingual and Multicultural AI (Routledge, 2025, with Peng Wang), in addition to numerous research and scholarly publications, presentations, and professional workshops.

Additionally, Pete serves as the Chief Analytics and Data Officer for UTA, overseeing University Analytics, which engages more than 25 data scientists toward achieving the strategic academic and business goals of the university.

Bigger, Better, Faster Round Table

October 28 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Registration Fee: $650  – full day price (lunch included) 

Your registration for this session includes lunch.

10% discount for 3 or more students from the same company – please contact for more information.

In this workshop, we will focus on how we can apply new and emerging technologies to the traditional challenges that localization leaders have always faced.

We delve into the fundamental challenges of the localization industry, and how AI can change and improve your localization approaches. We’ll explore how to efficiently manage multilingual content and linguistic solutions, boost your team’s productivity and process efficiency, and make your products more localizable and global-friendly to enable growth.

  • What does localization management at scale look like? What are your fundamental focus areas and unsolved or enduring challenges?
  • Does AI truly offer the next generation of approaches and solutions? Or does it surface more undiscovered risks and introduce more ambiguity?
  • How can localization teams take a strategic approach to employing emerging technologies and address real-world challenges and customer needs?


  • The workshop will help guide the participants on adopting the right mindset and approach rather than the best new tool or process.
  • Participants will walk away with practical advice on thinking beyond the latest gadgets, focusing instead on real needs and solutions.

Round Table Organizers:

  • Daniel Goldschmidt
  • Oleksandr Pysaryuk (GitLab)

Advisory board members:

Details Coming Soon


Details Coming Soon


Marriott Hotel (Monterey)
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Maximum number: 30

Please note: 

The Round Table’s success depends on people being willing to share information and experiences freely. To encourage that, we ask the attendees not to record or republish the session. No formal minutes or records are kept, but attendees are free to keep their own notes.

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Daniel Goldschmidt – Collaborator – LocWorld. Daniel is a consultant in software internalization and localization. Prior to that, he served as a senior internationalization project manager at Microsoft in the Cloud and Enterprise Division and led the internationalization team. Before joining Microsoft, Daniel cofounded RIGI Localization Solutions, a venture in the domain of visual localization, and he served as a senior software engineer for the Google internationalization team. He serves as vice-chair of the LocWorld program committee and as a member of the Internationalization and Unicode Conference review committee. Daniel presents frequently at international events. He holds a BS in computer science and mathematics (cum laude) and an MS in computer science, both from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

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Oleksandr Pysaryuk – Senior Localization Operation Lead – GitLab. Oleksandr is a localization leader with experience in building and growing successful teams and disciplines focused on internationalization software development, localization and internationalization technical program management, and global product management in sports technology, telecommunications, consumer technology, human capital management, ecommerce and engineering organizations.

Half Day Sessions – No Lunch Included
Special Half Day Session
Discount for LocWorld Attendees

Global Strategy Playbook Workshop

October 28 from 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Registration Fee: $125 if you are registered for both days of LocWorld52, $250 if you are not. Please contact for your discount code if you are registered for both days.

This session has a catered break, but lunch is not included with this session.

Have you wondered how to convince your management that your globalization or localization function contributes strategic value to the company? Maybe you’re a localization manager on the buyer side, executing more and more productively as you adopt better tools and processes. But still, you’re seen as a mere service in your organization, rather than as a strategic partner? How can you change that perception? Well, there’s a (free) book on the subject, written by a group of successful industry managers, directors, and vice presidents who have met and overcome this challenge.

We are offering a workshop with several of the authors to discuss key topics from the book.

  • What does it mean to adopt a strategic approach to localization?
  • We’re all supposed to be data driven now. But what data? How to get it? How to analyze it and develop appropriate plans?
  • Technology continues to evolve at what sometimes seems an alarming pace. You may need a structure to help you evaluate the many possibilities.
  • We have multiple stakeholders at different levels of importance and influence. How should we categorize and act on those relationships?

Attendees from both the buyer and provider sides of the industry are welcome, since the lessons from the playbook are relevant to anyone managing the many facets of localization.

One of the authors will outline a case study from the book and launch a general discussion based on specific, related questions, enlivened by the experience of the group. We plan to touch on three or four of the chapters in the book in this workshop.


  • Karen Combe
  • More Details Coming Soon.

To download A Globalization Strategy Playbook: go to Github

Format: Workshop


Marriott Hotel (Monterey)
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Please note:

Maximum number of attendees: 48

Karen Combe. Karen recently retired from her position as Vice President of Localization at PTC, where she was responsible for product localization as well as for localization support for PTCU, Technical Support, and Marketing. She has been a member of the GILT Leaders Forum, a community of peers in the localization industry, since its inception. In 2022, Karen contributed as an expert from the GILT Leaders Forum and as a co-author of “The Globalization Strategy Playbook”.

Previously, Karen was Senior Vice President at International Language Engineering, where she managed Client Services, Sales and Marketing. Karen holds a B.A in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley and a post-graduate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal and in International Voluntary Services in Algeria.

In addition, Karen worked for 8 years on a ranch in northwestern Colorado training horses and looking after a large herd of cattle.